Thursday, March 31, 2011

Highland Gathering News!!!

Spring is here which means that the Highland Gathering is less than three months away!  The Gathering is back after a two year hiatus and promises to be better than ever!  Bagad Cap Caval will be making their first appearance in Summerside as well as staging a captivating concert on the Friday night before the games.  Do not miss out on the opportunity to see this premier band live!

The entry forms for the Highland Gathering are now online on the College's website.  They can be found under Events.  Click on Highland Gathering:  http:\\www.collegeofpiping.com/gathering.php.  The entry forms are for all events:  Highland, Step, Piping, Drumming and Pipe Bands.  Enter now! 

Do not forget that the Medicine Shoppe Spring Ceilidh is fast approaching!  Save the date of April 15!  It is at 7pm and there is a $5 admission.  Come see the talent of the College students!!!  Great music and dancing!  It does not get any better than that! 

Friday, March 25, 2011

Highland Storm Cast Announced!!!

Big News!  Big News!  Big News!!!  The 2011 Highland Storm Cast has been announced!  Congratulations to all that successfully made it into the show!  The final decision making process was not an easy one.  Everyone who auditioned should be very proud of their efforts!  The 2011 cast is as following:

Pipers:  Scott Byrne, Sarah Simpson, Emilee Ford, Shanae Rogers, Carsen Campbell, Nick vanOuwerkerk, James or Kylie MacHattie (spares)

Drummers:  Ashley Brockway, Caitlen Campbell, Chris Coleman, Logan Doyle, Amber Gallant, Calvin Gallant, Keisha Gallant, Sam Ramsay, Frank Bowness, John Donald MacLean

Highland Dancers:  Kearsney Smith (lead), Lacey Fischer, Laura Johnston, Hayley Porter, Jillian Ramsay, Katie Ramsay, Brooklyn Tchozewski

Step Dancers:  Samantha MacKinnon (lead), Rebecca Dawson, Cameron Francis, Page Gallant, Celia Koughan, Paige LeClair, Juliette Roberts

Please remember that ALL rehearsals are mandatory.  All selected performers will be on a rotational schedule for the summer.  If you are not scheduled to perform, you are considered the Alternate Performer for that show and must be available to perform until 2pm on that day.  Performers are expected to be available every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evening between July 5th and September 1st for Highland Storm performances.

Save the date!  April 15th, 2011!  7pm in the Main Hall at the College of Piping!  It is the Medicine Shoppe Spring Ceilidh!  Entertainment will be provided by the students and instructors of The College of Piping.  Admission is $5 and tickets will be available at the door.  Do not miss out on a great night of music and dance!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Happy Spring Break!

Well, it is pouring rain outside but we can be glad that it is not snow!  Spring is definitely on its way.  The snow piles are shrinking and the temperatures are warming up.  This means that summer season is right around the corner!

Exciting new for the Highland Gathering!  Bagad Cap Caval has been confirmed for the Highland Gathering on June 24-26.  Bagad Cap Caval is a premier band from Brittany, France.  They will compete in the grade one pipe band contest on the Saturday and Sunday at the games.  They will also perform a concert on the Friday before the games.  The word is out in the pipe band world.  Pipes|Drums has already announced this exciting news.  To read the pipes|drums article, follow this link:  http://www.pipesdrums.com/ViewObject.aspx?sys-Portal=57&sys-Class=Article&sys-ID=18509.  To get a sneak peek of what to expect, check out this youtube link from the Brest Championships:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0tyjoFbIokQ.

A reminder that there are no classes next week.  Classes will resume on Monday, March 28.  Band practices have also been cancelled next week.  Please enjoy your spring break!  Once classes and practices resume, the College will be gearing up for the summer season.  This just does not mean competitions but Highland Storm and the mini concerts as well. 

So whether you are travelling for spring break or staying home, please do not forget to practice!  Have a safe, enjoyable and relaxing spring break!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Happy Wednesday!

The middle of the week is always a hard day.  Not quite Friday but over the hurdle of Monday.  On the bright side, it is half way to spring break!  It seems like at this time of year, spring break always comes at the right time.  The winter blahs have set in and the week off seems to refresh and perk everyone up.

A week off does not mean that important fast approaching dates should not be forgotten.  Kearsney is reminding parents that those Highland students who are taking part in the BATD Medal Tests on Saturday, April 9, 2011 that the fees for these medal tests are due on March 31 and no later.  Parents have been emailed what the fees and if there are any questions or concerns to please contact Kearsney at:  kearsney.smith@collegeofpiping.com.

A huge congratulations to Jacob MacDonald for earning his bagpipes this past Monday in Charlottetown!  Jacob passed the four tune test with flying colours!  Now begins his exciting journey as a Highland bagpiper.  When March break is over, a set of pipes will be waiting for Jacob at his first lesson back!

April 15, 2011 is a date that should be marked in everyone's calendar!  The Medicine Shoppe Ceilidh will be taking place this Friday evening.  More details to follow as they become available.

Have a happy and relaxing spring break!  If you are going away on an exotic holdiday or just staying home for the week, please keep up the practicing! 

Monday, March 14, 2011

Working Hard!

Well, it seems like Spring is evading us this windy and snowy Monday morning and the weekend was just a teaser of what is to come.  It has been a long and snowy winter this year.  The worst one in twenty years, the locals say.  With all the snow days that the students have had, it looks like they put them to good use and practiced their hearts out!

The second of the Halifax Citadel Mini Gatherings took place over the weekend.  The College was represented very well.  Prince Edward Island pipers are proving that we are force to be reckoned with!  Here are the results from the weekend:

Practice Chanter March:  1st place:  Calum Brydon
Grade 5 March:  1st place:  Jordan Chowen
Grade 4 Piobaireachd:  2nd place:  Catherine MacDonald, 3rd place:  Shanae Rogers
Grade 4 March:  2nd place:  Shanae Rogers, 3rd place:  Catherine MacDonald
Grade 3 Strathspey and Reel:  3rd place:  Carsen Campbell
Grade 2 MSR:  2nd place:  Sarah Simpson

Everyone who competed on the weekend should be very proud of themselves regardless if a prize was won or not.  It is not always about the prize.  True success should be measured on the performance itself.  If you put out the very best performance you could and you are happy with it, that is the true reward.  This does not just apply to piping but drumming, band, Highland dancing and Step dancing.  Being satisfied with your performance is the greatest reward of all.

The snow days may be winding down but the practicing should continue with great gusto!  Happy practicing this week!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Happy International Women's Day!

Especially considering that far more than half of our faculty, staff and students are women and girls, the College would like to wish everyone a Happy International Women's Day to all.

Some of our Step and Highland dancers (and piper, Shanae Rogers) are performing tonight at the Harbourfront Jubilee Theatre (more information on this event can be found through this link:  http://www.gov.pe.ca/photos/original/JPS_WD_2011.pdf).  It is highly appropriate for the College to be present at a celebration like this considering our gender demographic!

If you have the time tonight, please go and support and celebrate such a great event!

Monday, March 7, 2011

Happy Monday!

Well, it finally looks like spring is in the air.  The snow is starting to melt, the days are getting longer and the competition season is just around the corner.  After a long winter of snow, snow and more snow, the students at the College should be all practiced up and ready to go! 

Kearsney Smith, our long awaited Highland Dance Instructor, has finally arrived!  She has been at the College for almost a week and has yet to be scared off by all the snow!  The Highland Dance studio has been a flurry of activity as students and parents have been welcoming Kearsney to the College family.  If you are in the College, please stop by and introduce yourself to the newest member of the team.

Congratulations are in order for Sherra Rogers!  Sherra earned her bagpipes last week and now starts on the next exciting phase of becoming a piper.  Sherra has worked extremely hard this year and now has the goal of playing in massed bands at the highland games in the summer.  There is no doubt that she will succeed with this goal as well!  Sherra is now the third piper in her family as her older brother, Stuart and older sister, Shanae play as well. 

Exciting things are happening at the College this year.  The final team member is here and we are getting closer to the summer season.  Keep your eyes peeled to the blog for all the latest College happenings!